Community Together CIC Awarded Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016Tamworth’s Community Together CIC is celebrating after their nomination was successful in achieving The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

Queens Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to a local volunteer group across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.  It is the MBE for voluntary groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.

In making the announcement a spokesperson from The Queens Award for Voluntary Groups Team said, “The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE.  I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016.”

They went on to say, “The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation.  We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”

Community Together CIC was nominated by County Councillor Sheree Peaple who said, “I was delighted to support Community Together CIC for this award and I am over the moon that they won.  The work that organisations like CT CIC do is vital in helping a wide range of people across our community, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future.”

Steve Hodgetts Operations Director said, “This award was a fantastic surprise and we are delighted to have been nominated.  It is testimony to the hard work and dedications of all our team of 41 volunteers who give 218 hours each week supporting communities across Tamworth.  It has also come at a time where we are expanding our provision by providing a Town Centre hub of support.”

Lee Bates Project Coordinator for Community Together said, “Giving of a person’s time for the benefit of others is one of the greatest things that anyone can do.  Our volunteers provide such a range of support to people from befriending and preventing social isolation, showing people how to cook healthy meals, encouraging people to stay fit and healthy, support with IT Skills, provide youth opportunities, gain employment and much much more.

“The list is endless and we are so lucky as an organisation to have such a wonderful team and this award will mean so much to each of them.”

The group will now look forward to an official presentation ceremony of the award by the Lord Lieutenant and be presented with their Queens Award for Voluntary Service Badges.

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